5 Reasons that I Love the Container Store Even More #ContainerOakbrook

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Yesterday and today the brand new Container Store Oakbrook (located next to Maggiano’s) celebrated their grand opening. I have been sharing updates on Facebook and special tips about how you can be entered to win a $1000 Elfa storage system with installation as well as how you can get a $10 gift card just for being one of the first social network check ins.

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The Container Store has been one of my favorite places to shop for quite some time. I am obsessed with trying to get a feeling of balance and organization in our home and I love all of the great products that they offer to help you organize your life.


***I captured this moment of pure joy that the girls shared while shopping in the store.  Obviously they have their mommy’s love for all things Container Store.  Thanks to Kate Quinn Organics for styling the girls in these adorable dresses.***

I was very eager to be able to attend a special blogger preview this past week with some Chicago area bloggers. The event was a nice luncheon where I got to learn more about the company than I already knew and through that process I found out that there are 5 new reasons to fall in love with the Container Store.


Reason # 5 – The Container Store Offers You Amazing Color Coordinated Collections

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It does not matter which room in your home you are trying to organize. If there is something that you want to make sure that you have organized and you would like a color then you can find it here at the Container Store. I love so many of these great set ups that I had a very hard time determining which sections that I would show you pictures of.

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Reason # 4 – So Many Choices for Everyday Items


There are so many choices available to you when you are shopping at The Container Store. I learned during our tour that they actually have over 100 different types of trash cans and over 200 different types of hangers. I find this completely fascinating and love that this means that there is literally a hanger for everyone.

Reason # 3 – Ethical Business Practices
I LOVE it when I learn of ethical business practices and standards that companies have. One of the things that I have loved most about learning more that the Container Store has to offer is that they are a very ethical company. The Container Store pays their employees an average of 50% more than most companies. Plus they offer their employees great training and benefits. The full time employees actually receive 260 hours of training in their first year. This is why the staff is so knowledgeable and helpful. One thing that stuck with me is that they said that 1 great employee was worth 3 good employees so they want to give their employees everything that they need to succeed and be great.
They also partner with a charity in the place where they are opening or re-opening (as was this case). This means that they donate back a considerable amount of profit from their opening weekend (10% in this case) and are willing to partner with them to help with their current needs as well.
Reason # 2 – They Have Everything That I Need


I am obsessed with cute ways to organize my kids’ lunch boxes. I just loved all of the containers that they had available. I also love all of the great desk and office organization that is available. Plus I think that they have the BEST gift wrap EVER.

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Reason # 1 – They Love Their Customers


As a customer of the Container Store for many years I know that I have always loved my shopping experiences there. I love that I can get everything that I need and I love feeling appreciated. I was very fortunate to be able to be a part of this great event with all of these amazing fellow bloggers.


***A special thanks to Gaiam for styling me for this event.***

I was able to take my daughters with me to the event and even had the opportunity to attend a very lavish cocktail party with them at night. I was unable to get pictures from this one because it was very busy and I had my two daughters with me.

***A special thanks to Sophia’s Style Boutique for styling Adeline and to Anatomie for styling me for this event.  I will add a picture of us in our dresses ASAP.***

Additionally I received a $50 gift card and was able to purchase some great things that we needed for our home.

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I got a great pad of paper for my own organization needs. The Knock Knock Paper Mousepad Information Central ($9.99) has sections for things to do, people to call, emails to send and notes. I am hoping that this helps me to get better organized with all of the phone calls and follow up that I need to make as I often find myself struggling in this area.

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I also picked up an adorable panda garbage can for my daughter’s room. The Animal Swing Lid Cans ($11.99) come in many different styles.

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The Kung Fu Master Driver 8GB was on sale from $19.99 to $9.99 so I picked one up for my son. I will state that it is not really made for children as he had it “broken” in the first 5 minutes that he had it. I ended up being able to fix it and get it all taken care of but I would warn that children should be watched closely and that you want might want to follow the recommended age of 12 for this one (my son is 11).

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I grabbed the Cool Coolers 4 Pack ($7.99) because I never have ice packs to use in the kids’ lunch boxes. I love the flat design and that there were four of them in four different colors (no fights!).

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Finally I grabbed an USB Hubman White ($9.99) to help solve charging issues here at our house.
With so many great products all in one place you will never leave disappointed and will always be able to find some amazing deals at the Container Store.

Refresh with the freshness of NONNI’S THINaddictives

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Do you remember sitting in the kitchen with your Mom or Grandma while eating your favorite recipe?

NONNI’S products are just that, a cherished family recipe that has been passed on through many generations. Some of you may be aware of NONNI’S biscotti and now with addition of THINaddictives no two cookies are alike. Did I mention these are twice baked?

I had the opportunity to try 3 different types of the THINaddictives and needless to say I am addicted.


Let’s start with the Cinnamon Raisin with Almond thins. They come 6 packages to a box with 3 slices in each bag. Each slice is filled with nothing but the best ingredients such as wheat flour and real fruit. With each bite you have the softness of the raisin and then the light crunch of almond which by the way this is my favorite. The softness and light crisp make for a great combination.

These wonderful products also come in Cranberry Almond and Pistachio Almond.

The best part is each pack is only 100 calories with only 25 of them from fat, Cholesterol and Sodium are also at a low. Each pack is only 14 Carbohydrates and only 5- 7 sugars.  It seems we are becoming more healthy consciousness and wanting to implement tasty snacks not only us but for our children also. Many of us just grab something through a drive though and go on yet we feel sluggish through the day. I am not saying you have to give up your favorite drive thru but, you will be pleasantly surprised at how you quickly do pull away from them.

I have changed my way of thinking and now With Nonni’S THINaddictives being  so conveniently packed it makes it super easy to keep a pack in your purse, your kid’s lunch or if you’re like me you have them sitting by your morning coffee. I am always left with the feeling of satisfaction starting with the scrumptious taste to the great feeling I get knowing I chose a healthy snack

Be sure to check out their products on Facebook & Twitter or via web www.nonnisfoods.com

This post was written by Tamra one of Simply Shawn & Jenn and Jenns Blah Blah Blog’s new review writers.  You will be hearing more from Tamra

Nielsen HomeScan

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ACNielsen is the world’s largest market research company and we’re opening the door to you and everyone in your household to make your opinions count as a member of the Homescan Consumer Panel. No doubt, you are familiar with Nielsen, the TV ratings company. Just as Nielsen has the best-known television panel, ACNielsen has the most prestigious home shopper’s panel

Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo and Moisturizing Rinse Review

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I would like to say thank you to BeautyStopOnline.com for allowing me to review Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo and Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse.

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I don’t know about you but I am super picky when it comes to shampoo and conditioner.  I might not buy the most expensive shampoo and conditioner out there, but it’s not something I cut costs on.  My hair feeling good is extremely important to me.  I have to be honest I was a little nervous about this review.

My hair is just plane jane, not super thick but not super thin.  I have it colored blonde, okay I bleached the crap out of it.  Naturally it’s very darn brown, but I try to keep it light.  It makes me feel more fun, lol.  They do say that blondes have more fun.

Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo is made to repair, moisturize, clean, and protect even the most damaged of hair.  It works by restring the moisture your hair needs, it’rejevenates your heir leaving it all healthy, shiney and manageable.  One of my favorite things about the Macadamia Natural Oil Rejuvenating Shampoo is that it’s good to use on chemically treated and damaged hair.  Let’s face it the two go hand in hand.  I bleach my hair so having products that help me feel the difference always puts a smile on my face.

Macadamia Natural Oil Moisturizing Rinse is great for daily use, and can be used on all hair types.  It helps your hair feel nourished and protected.  I found it interesting that the macadamia oil is a source of omega 7 acid and vitiamin E, which helps moisturelize and detangle.

Both the Macadamia Shampoo and Conditioners are:

  • Paraben free
  • Sulfate free
  • Color safe
  • Leaves your hair feeling great and easy to manage
  • Helps to protect your hair from UV rays.
  • Contains macadamia oil, omega 7 acid and vitamin E.
  • Nourishes and detangles
  • Works on all hair types
  • Okay for daily use.

I used the shampoo and condition for the last week, every single day.  It says its okay for dialy use, so I put it to the test.  I have to say my hair felt great, nice and soft.  One of the girls from work complemented me on how shiny my hair was.  It’s been a long time since someone has told me that.

I also noticed a difference in how much easier my hair was to manage.  I really think my hair has a mind of its own, if it’s not happy it’s not going to work with me.  Happy hair, makes healthy hair I always say.  Both the shampoo and conditioner have a nice smell to them that is not too over powering.

In the end I enjoyed using the Macadamia Natural Oil Shampoo and Conditioner.  It worked great on my hair type, even for daily use.  My hair styled great after every use, so either I was lucky or the shampoo and conditioner works.  I like to think it that the sampoo and conditioner do what they say they do because my hair NEVER does anything I tell it to.

BeautyStopOnline.com has all kinds of products.  Be sure to check out the Best Hair Dyer review, and the Hot Tools Curing Iron review.

BeautyStopOnline.com has TONS of products for your hair, at amazing prices.  I cannot recommend them enough.  Be sure to swing by and check out my Hot Tools Curling Iron Review too.  I’m telling you if you’re in the need for anything hair care you need to check out BeautyStopOnline.com before you head to the store.  They have a huge selection of flat irons, hair dryers, curling irons, brushes and combs, hot roller, waver irons, bags, cases electric shaves and lots more.   They also have nail care products, cosmetics, spa and body products, and more. It’s truly you’re one stop shop online.

You can swing by and visit BeautyStopOnline.com to see all their products, “like” them on Facebook, follow via Twitter, and check out all their pins on Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was provided the above named product(s) for review purposes.  The above information is based on my own experiences with the products.  I only review products I feel my readers will find value in, and all reviews are 100% my own honest opinion.

Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel (no landline required)

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Nielsen National Consumer Panel HomeScan

CLICK HERE>>>>Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel (no landline required)

Join  Sign up with National Consumer Panel and voice your opinions to help manufacturers and retailers make decisions on what products to develop or improve.

Nielsen Home Scan Consumer Panel – Earn valuable points, which are redeemable for electronics, household items, jewelry, toy, gift cards, and more.(no landline required with this homescan signup)

For the $500 card:
Once you become a NCP panel member all you have to do is scan and send them your household purchase information every week with a handheld scanner that they provide. For each week of the month NCP receives your purchase information, you will earn one entry into the Monthly Sweepstakes where you can win a $500 American Express Rewards Card. That’s up to FOUR entries every month! Every month, 25 panel members win!  That’s not all… Every quarter an additional 40 panel members win a $500 American Express Rewards card just by sending purchase information in every week of a month.

For the $20k message:
Once you become a NCP panel member all you have to do is scan and send them your household purchase information every week with a handheld scanner that they provide. For each week in a qualifying quarter NCP receives your purchase information you will earn one entry into their Grand Prix Sweepstakes where you can win $20,000! Every quarter one lucky panel member wins!


No nonsense Tights and Leggings Mom and Daughter Approved!

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This post brought to you by No nonsense. All opinions are 100% mine.

My daughter and I love No nonsense tights and leggings.  There’s so many different colors available, you can seriously own a different color for every mood.

We’ve recently been lucky enough to review No nonsense tights and leggings.  I personally have always loved No nonsense tights and leggings.  My personal favorite is the Corduroy Leggings with the Real Back Pockets!

Check out this outfit.  This outfit has some No nonsense Black Leggings with Real Back Pockets.  I love this outfit, it’s great for lounging around the house, or adding a necklace and some earrings for a night out.  You have to love No nonsense, they make it easy and affordable to dress up or lounge around the house. [Read more…]

Eukanuba Dog Food Skittles The Pit Bull Approved!

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I have three large dogs, that we love very much. We treat them like children, they are our family and we love them very much. Which is why we want them to have the best food, and enjoy their food. [Read more…]

Lorie Marrero, Goodwill Spokesperson Interview

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1.         How did you become involved with Goodwill?

Our team approached Goodwill® back in late 2009 because we wanted to pitch a national TV show about losing your clutter pounds in January and do a story with them. I was looking for the right nonprofit partner to find a way to give back and add more meaning to what we do. From there our conversations led to the Donate Movement, an initiative to teach people about the impact that donating has on both people and the planet. I learned Goodwill would soon be launching the movement, and we all realized it was a perfect match for us to work together! I reach thousands of people who are making decisions about the stuff in their closets and garages, and I now have the honor and privilege of educating them about why Goodwill is a smart and responsible choice for donating those household goods. [Read more…]

T-Rex and V-Necks Only On #iDGum

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There’s nothing worse than wondering if the person you’re talking to is making that face because your breath stinks. I work in a professional setting, where I deal with the public all day, it’s important to feel confident that my breath smells good. I used to always have a mint on hand, then I started dieting. Needless to say, anything with sugar is not on the approved food list. So I started chewing gum.

I’m also picky about my gum, I like Peppermint and Spearmint gum as long as it’s not over powering. You know, makes you feel like you’re breathing fire or something. Why in the world would I want to be in pain, lol. I started chewing Stride gum a while back and was recently introduced to iD gum.

iD gum taste fabulous and tastes amazing. My favorite flavor is BerryMelon, it’s great, leaves my breath smelling fresh, nice fruity taste that isn’t over powering, but lasts. Not the mention the packaging that iD gum comes in is great.

iD gum launched ArtCade, it’s an awesome, unique arcade experience featuring 18 innovative games on iD gum’s Facebook page, and an Android application. You’ll soon see the ArtCade on iOS as well.
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I love the ArtCade on iD gum’s Facebook page, you’re probably going to want to check it out. When you first visit the iD ArtCade you’ll find three packages of gum dangling from a string, Then you can begin playing games, my favorite is T-Rex in V-necks, it just sounds crazy doesn’t it. It’s great, you’ll see a man in his undies, lol. Then you’ll see a few T-Rex dinosaurs running by, you have to try and get them dressed.

Yes, sure sounds easy, it’s not. Well, either that or I just stink at the game, hummm I doubt I stink. Okay, maybe but either way….. have you ever tried to dress a T-Rex? Yup, before you think I stink, you need to head over to the ArtCade and give it a shot. Be sure and leave me a comment if you beat my high score of 300, lol. It’s really hard…

So what all games can you find at iD gum’s ArtCade? Like, I mentioned earlier there’s 18 games to choose from such as:

T-Rex in V0Necks
Censored Sensei
Not So Bald Eagles (lol, you have to see this one)
Snow Hoarding
Hind Quarters
Inkin Blinkin
Parent Teacher Nightmare

The rest you have to unlock, it’s so worth it.. The gum is great, and the ArtCove is awesome, Shawn and I had a blast paying around in the ArtCade. We fought over who’s turn it was, and totally spaced the reason we were even in there. We really started out writing this review, and ended up staying and playing for a few hours.
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If you’re looking for some awesome gum, be sure to give iD gum a shot. You’ll love everything from the packaging, to the flavor of the gum. Oh, I almost forgot, when you pick up your pack of iD gum, be sure to pay attention to th marking on the gum… Nope, I am not going to tell you, just be sure and check it out. It took me a few peices before I notied how awesome it looked. Okay, that’s all I am telling you, leave me a comment and let me know what you think of iD gum, and the ArtCade games.

Okay, so I have to share the Bald Eagle Commercial, it’s funny.

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Benjamin Moore Aura Interior Paint

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There’s nothing better than a fresh color and coat of paint on a wall in your home.  Painting does so much for ones home.  It can take dull walls and turn them bright and new looking again.  It can change your homes appearance  make rooms appear to be larger, have more space, or even smaller.

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